On October 30, 2010, my daughter and I went to visit Animal Humane Society. We had been talking about adopting a cat for some time and decided it was time to go take a look. It was immediately overwhelming when we entered as there were cages of kittens lined against the wall and a huge room full of adult cats! We didn't know where to begin and my heart sunk as I saw all the little innocent eyes upon us. A volunteer quickly came up to us and welcomed us in. We told her we were looking for a cat or kitten and didn't realize there were going to be so many available. She gently explained that this is the case every year in Minnesota around this time, as the weather gets colder, the shelters get filled with more animals than they can hold. She then suggested we enter the room with all the cats and go over to sit on the bench without interacting with the cats on our way. She said "see who comes over and chooses you." This was very intriguing to me as I never thought about it that way before! After about 2 hours of playing with the cats and kittens, my daughter and I found our next family member. His name was Najii and he is a grey tabby. He was found abandoned in the cold at 6 weeks. He was 2 months old and weighed 1.2 lbs when we took him home. My daughter changed his name to Coco once we brought him home.
He has made a great addition to our family and is now almost full-grown and very healthy! He sleeps with my daughter every night and loves to cuddle and be held. He loves to have his chin rubbed, and also spends a lot of time climbing his cat tower. When he needs a cat nap, he retires to his homemade bed which my daughter made out of the baby blanket we brought him home with. He enjoys taking a few hours out of his day to sun-bathe in the front window and enjoy the view of the outside world. He has enriched our lives by becoming part of our family, and I know we have made a difference by rescuing an animal from the Animal Humane Society. I am grateful for everything the shelters do to help save animals and speak for those who don't have their own voice. And the volunteers who so unselfishly give their time to make a difference in the life of animals are amazing representatives of the good in the world today! You are an inspiration. Thank you from our family, we appreciate all that you do!
Shaun E. and Kimberly B.